When we first took a gander at the Barbour-Triumph Brit 1 Bonneville collaboration recently displayed at Bike Shed IV we had a sneaking suspicion that it might be another custom build by the mighty Spirit of the 70s lads down in Sevenoaks, Kent. Or looking a little further afield – street tracker builder par excellence - Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, San Diego!?
We then subsequently discovered that it was actually a Triumph in-house custom build to celebrate a forthcoming clothing collaboration between the two iconic Brit brands.
The Brit1 started out as a Bonnie but has been given that strong street tracker stance. This has involved a lot more than just a nice cosmetic job with one or two aftermarket parts thrown in and a tasty paint job to finish off. Serious work has gone into altering the frame and forks with many original components being removed particularly around the bike’s rear pillion area. Triumph has undertaken extensive frame modifications and added custom built K-Tech rear shocks. The front end is also completely altered and forks from a Street Triple added. A shortened exhaust and beautifully hand made bespoke saddle add immeasurably to the overall feel. And that’s just for starters.
The result? An ultimate street blatting hooning tool with bags of style. Let’s hope it manages to stay in the UK because it wouldn’t be at all surprising if it isn’t snapped up for a few squillion English guineas by the Hollywood custom set. They already have their collection of Barbours. Come to think of it – didn’t one of the gliterati crash their custom BMW recently?